I am so, so excited about how our Christmas mantel turned out! Most of my Christmas decor is the traditional red, green and gold, but this year I wanted to change things up in our living room with something totally different.
Y’all know I’m a girl who loves lots and lots of color, and this display is proof positive of that! My goal was to create something bright and fun that would absolutely delight my children and convey the childlike wonder of Christmas.
I have been dreaming for years of having silhouettes hanging over our mantel for the holidays, and this year was the year to make that happen! I used my tutorial for creating silhouettes with Photoshop Elements to turn profile photos of each child into jpeg images, and I then printed each out as an 8×10 and matted and framed them in $5 frames from Walmart. Because I printed the photos with supplies I already had on hand, this artwork only set me back $20!
I love the way my Rolled Crepe Paper Rosette Tree accents everything so nicely and really draws in the eye. I found the candy cane and wrapped candy ornaments (in just the colors I needed!) at Target for $2 each.
I hadn’t planned initially to display the Photo Christmas List Ornaments I made for each child on the mantel, but when everything started to come together, I knew they would be perfect placed above each child’s stocking. I love that they mimic the look of stocking holders, but that I’ll be able to switch them out each year!
I purchased this lollipop ornament from Target for $2, and I accented everything with red ornaments I had in my stash of Christmas decor.
Here are all of our stockings all lined up in a nice little row! These were indeed a labor of love, but I am thrilled with the end result. (Head over to my Whimsical Christmas Stocking tutorial to see how I put these together.)
I tucked a little sprig of glittery greenery in each stocking for good measure. (I posted some stocking-hanging tips last week.)
I knew I wanted a garland in lime green and turquoise to go behind the stockings, and I had initially planned to make one with tissue paper pom poms until I had the idea to use feather boas purchased from Joann. I simply twisted the two together (purchased with 40% off coupons for $4 each) and hung them on the mantel, flanking either end with a red houndstooth bow.
Brightly colored ornaments placed in a large jar and a ribbon-wrapped pillar candle round out the display.
Even if your home doesn’t have a mantel, you can still create a similar display on a bookshelf, a hutch, a piano top, a console table, or just about any other flat surface. Your creativity is the only limit!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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